I’m not a fan of Donald Trump or Jeb Bush, but I really don’t get the fuss of their use of the expression “anchor babies”. They didn’t invent the term, but it is a common one so until someone can offer a better one, they don’t have much choice.
It’s curious how Republicans who consider the constitution holy writ, never to be questioned or violated, are the ones who most often suggest changing it. First, they wanted to add an amendment a few years ago to make same-sex marriage illegal in all states (they failed on that one, fortunately) now we have at least one candidate who wants to rewrite the fourteenth amendment and millions who are agreeing with him. I guess it’s only holy writ if you agree with it.
Why is it the media can’t shut up about a black teenager getting shot by a police officer for months after it happens, but few even bothered to mention this week that a two-year-old child picked up his father’s loaded gun and shot dad dead? I guess none of the media is willing to take on the NRA. And this isn’t the first one. Dozens of similar incidents happen each year and are almost always ignored by the national media.
“Personally, I have no idea what I have to do with the election, But really, the whole entire situation about women is not really funny, you know to put a number on a woman, especially women. We juggle so many things and I feel that, you know, women who support their families, who have children, who make their lunches, drive them all over the place, work at the same time, I mean, we do so many things, so in my book, every woman is a 10.” ~Heidi Klum (in response to Donald Trump saying she is no longer a 10).
Are smart phones making you dumb? A recent study indicates that smart phone users are more forgetful and may walk into things, what the scientists call “cognitive failures”. I do own a smart phone and I actually use it occasionally, but it isn’t permanently attached to my hand.
Also on the technology front, as if we didn’t have enough weird machines, scientists have invented a vomit machine. It is serious, though. The machine is being used to study how certain viruses spread.
It was inevitable. A college in British Columbia is going to offer a class on growing and selling marijuana!
Another interesting study for those who believe in the idea of praising all kids regardless of any actual accomplishments. A recent study found that praising them by saying something like, “You’re getting better every day!” works well, but telling them, “You’re the best! No one could be better!” you are actually discouraging improvement because they believe they are already the best.
“I went up to the light of truth /as into a chariot, /and truth took me across canyons and ravines/ and preserved me against waves smashing the cliffs./ She was my haven and salvation/ and left me in the arms of immortal life./ She went with me, soothed me, kept me from error./ She was and is the light of truth.” ~The Songs of Solomon, song 38
I took this photo of a sun halo over Reno, Nevada on 8/19/2015.